Good morning and Happy Friday! If you love pasta, you are going to enjoy this week’s Friday Food Finds. This post is all about one of my new favorite pasta finds- Banza Pasta!
The team over at Banza sent me a very nice package of their high protein pasta made from chickpeas. Yes, that is correct- chickpeas! Banza is the first pasta made from chickpeas making it a great source of protein, especially for vegetarians! It’s also gluten free, grain free, heart healthy, non-GMO, low glycemic, & allergen safe. For those following a gluten-free lifestyle due to gluten sensitivities or celiac disease, I highly recommend giving this pasta a try!
- Protein: Nearly two times regular pasta! One serving of Banza has nearly double the protein as regular pasta. You’re getting more protein than a protein bar in your pasta. Protein helps speed recovery after exercise, & will help keep you fuller for longer.
- Net Carbs: Nearly half regular pasta. It’s all about balance. Regular pasta is mostly carbohydrates. Because Banza has more protein & more fiber, it has nearly half the net carbs as regular pasta.
- Fiber: Over three times regular pasta. Banza has more than three times as much fiber as regular pasta per serving. Seven grams is as much fiber as a bowl of bran cereal.
The first pasta I tried was the rotini noodles. I prepared Shrimp Arrabiata to go over the noodles. Banza tastes slightly different than your traditional pasta. It has a bit more heartiness than regular pasta and just a subtle chickpea flavor. I was blown away by how much the texture resembles some of my favorite pasta noodles. For best results, follow the package directions. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, pour the pasta in the water, and after 4-6 minutes, you will have yourself perfectly al dente pasta.
Up next was the penne pasta. I enjoyed this with some chicken parmigiana and steamed broccoli. Once again, the pasta had some nice bite to it. The penne held up to the heartiness of my chicken parm! The penne noodles are my top pick for this Friday’s Food Finds!
I used a box of the shells versus the traditional elbow noodles to prepare some Bacon Mac and Cheese. I prepared some cheddar cheese sauce while the pasta was cooking. After the pasta was cooked, it was drained and cooled slightly. The cheese sauce and crumbled bacon was gently stirred into the pasta. To make sure the pasta was good and creamy, I added 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt. I allowed the Mac and Cheese to sit overnight and baked it the next day. It was a perfect side dish for our grilled chicken!
Would you like to try Banza Pasta? The company has been generous enough to offer my first 30 readers $10.00 off their order by using the code “irondiva.” Learn more and purchase your Banza from their website or use their product locator to find a grocery store near you!
Banza Website: http://www.eatbanza.com
Have you tried Chickpea Pasta before? What are some of your favorite pasta dishes and recipes? Please share I would love to hear from you!